Listen To The Voice That Guides You And Don’t Be Afraid To Speak Out with Brad Finkeldei
Phil’s guest on today’s show is Brad Finkeldei, a former IT professional who is now on a mission to help 10,000 people-pleasers become confident, and to do what they love. He teaches his clients how to find their purpose, and how to powerfully share their stories so that they stand out in the job search process.
Brad discusses the importance of listening to the voice inside that guides us from time-to-time, and why we should endeavour to find the confidence to speak out on our own behalf when opportunity knocks.
TOP CAREER TIP
Always speak up for yourself when you have the chance to. A missed opportunity to share ideas and put yourself out there can haunt you for a long time afterwards. It can also help to identify issues earlier, and prevent unnecessary pain later on.
WORST CAREER MOMENT
Brad once turned down a huge opportunity for career development because of a lack of self-belief. Sometimes the opportunities that we are given are as a result of an outside perspective that other have of us.
After arriving at a new position, Brad discovered that despite a glossy exterior, the back end was archaic, and the turnover of staff was high. Brad could see the trajectory he was about to follow and took the brave step of leaving for a new position.
THE FUTURE OF CAREERS IN I.T
Everything in IT is gradually becoming simpler and easier through refined systems and processes, and the advent of new technologies that allow us to achiever far more.
What first attracted you to a career in I.T.? – From an early age, Brad was enthralled by the creative opportunities that technology provides, and yearned for a career there.
What’s the best career advice you received? – To always speak up for yourself. Far too many people never share what it is that they want.
What’s the worst career advice you received? – To do a job for the money and nothing else. It’s far better to be happy in what we do, than to be unfulfilled in exchange for money.
What would you do if you started your career now? – Brad would stick to his strong points and focus on the areas in which he works better, such as people management.
What are your current career objectives? – Speaking up is Brad’s current focus and doing his best to build his own business. There have been confidence issues in the past, but they are gradually being overcome.
What’s your number one non-technical skill? – Effective listening and always trying to discern the other person’s experience. To always attempt to understand what someone may be bringing from outside the job.
How do you keep your own career energized? – Service is everything. Working with people and focusing on how to make them better provides instant feedback, and boundless inspiration to do better.
What do you do away from technology? – Travelling has opened up a new world in terms of perspective and cultural influence.
FINAL CAREER TIP
We should always listen to the instinctual voice inside and investigate why it is raising red flags. Sometimes we react to circumstances on a primal level. We should never discount this reaction.
(1:20) – Brad- “I have a passion for people, and I didn’t realise that when I was in my tech career because I’d been stuck behind the computer for so long”
(3:10) – Brad - “Have the guts to speak up and really share what your heart says, that needs to be said in the moment”
(7:30) – Brad - “You’ve got this thing on top of you that’s weighing you down, and it’s hard to see and understand, but once you hit it, it feels great and you feel really aligned”
(11:58) – Brad - “I believed that I could get a job because I knew I had the skills, and I also knew that this was not for me”
(14:48) – Brad - “One of the biggest things in IT right now is not being acknowledged enough. So many systems are behind systems that are behind systems that are behind systems, and you never get the acknowledgement”
ABOUT THE HOST – PHIL BURGESS
Phil Burgess is an independent IT consultant who has spent the last 20 years helping organizations to design, develop, and implement software solutions. Phil has always had an interest in helping others to develop and advance their careers. And in 2017 Phil started the I.T. Career Energizer podcast to try to help as many people as possible to learn from the career advice and experiences of those that have been, and still are, on that same career journey.
CONTACT THE HOST – PHIL BURGESS
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ABOUT THE GUEST – BRAD FINKELDEI
My guest on today’s show is Brad Finkeldei, a former IT professional who is now on a mission to help 10,000 people pleasers become confident and to do what they love. He teaches his clients how to find their purpose and how to powerfully share their stories so that they stand out in the job search process.
CONTACT THE GUEST – BRAD FINKELDEI
Brad Finkeldei can be contacted through the following Social Media platforms: